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on 16 June 2008
After a patchy debut effort and a bloody awful follow-up (which was beaten to a pulp by the critics), the former Smiths frontman found himself with a real problem. He came out fighting! First, he got himself an excellent new band, toured 'Kill Uncle' giving it a harder edge with the new musicians and actually managed to make the tour a massive success. Then, the man came up with his first noteworthy solo album. 'Seasick, Yet Still Docked' remains as close as Moz has come to recreating the Smiths' sound while 'Certain People I Know' showed a side that hadn't been seen before - Rockabilly Moz! - and the glam fuelled 'Glamorous Glue' is bold, brash and utterly brilliant. 'We'll Let You Know' and 'The National Front Disco' were always going to cause a storm - and they did, with Morrissey being accused of racism. Oh well, all publicity..... Curiously enough, the 'pop' singles seem rather out of place and are among the weaker tracks on this record. Perhaps this lighter, more mainstream element in the middle of the record is what stops this from being a classic. It ain't half good, though.
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on 7 March 2009
A perenially misunderstood album on its release, listening back now it rates as one of the finest works of all Morrissey's career. Following the disappointing Kill Uncle, Your Arsenal injected a new energy (and a sense of humour!) that that album - and parts of Viva Hate - had been lacking. Chirpy and cocky, yet insightful and political, every song tells its own tale and there was chemistry in the match with producer Mick Ronson. It's disappointing that the political overtones of We'll Let You Know and National Front Disco (both excellent AND relevant songs in hindsight) overshadowed such a well rounded set - a particular irony given that it would only be 2-3 years later that the Union Jack he was criticised for adopting would make a triumphant return through Britpop. It's difficult to pick stand out tracks from such a strong group, but they do include the vibrant Glamourous Glue, the tongue-firmly-in-cheek You're The One For Me Fatty, and most notably the tour-de-force I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday - a song that for most lesser artists would surely still be a set-closing pinnacle.

Vauxhall and I - an excellent album itself - reaped the plaudits a couple of years later, in a similar way that Parklife would upstage Modern Life Is Rubbish for Blur around the same time. But for this listener, Your Arsenal is remains perhaps the most musically accessible and enjoyable of Morrissey's solo albums to date.
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on 25 February 2014
I Can assure you that the five star rating is purely for how good the album is. If buying this album for the first time, go for this version. But don't otherwise.
There was no point in releasing this. Apart from a live dvd, and a different version of tomorrow, it is exactly the same! Surely what is needed is more alternative versions, bonus tracks and, although this is debatable, a new cover art.
Unless you are the type who must own everything, or if you don't have any version, don't bother buying!
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on 7 November 2014
Brilliant,could be the best Morrissey album along with vauxhall and I.
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on 30 September 2015
Viva hate,bona drag your Arsenal are easily for me his best albums
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on 19 February 2015
Excellent cd,fast delivery.Highly recommended seller.FIRST CLASS!
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on 11 September 2014
Great music, great packaging, great quality, perfect!
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on 2 February 2015
Morrissey at his very best. Fantastic album.
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on 27 June 2015
Great Moz cd,great price well worth buying.
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on 8 April 2015
Great album by a great artist and writer.
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